AUGUST 07, 2003

Stylish compact 3.2 megapixel camera makes digital photography simple and fun

New York, NY (August 7, 2003) - Minolta Corporation introduces the new DiMAGE E323 - an easy-to-use, compact 3.2 megapixel digital camera. This stylish camera combines high-quality digital images and value-added features, such as the ability to make 6-megapixel images for high quality printing and digital video, all in one attractive package.

"The new DiMAGE E323 provides fabulous digital images with point-and-shoot simplicity," said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of marketing, Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group. "This camera adds diversity to Minolta's digital camera lineup ensuring more choices for users of today's digital cameras."

The DiMAGE E323's precision electro-optical system is built around a 3.3 megapixel 1/2.7-type interline primary-color CCD with 3.2 million effective pixels for high-resolution images. This resolution can produce 10 x 14-inch 150dpi prints or 4 x 6-inch size photo-quality prints. For those special occasions where users want to make big prints, the camera can automatically interpolate the data when it is captured to create a large 6-megapixel image. This will allow users to make up to 11x17-inch 150dpi prints or letter-size 300dpi prints.

The DiMAGE E323 is equipped with a 3x optical zoom lens. With a focal range of 5.6mm to 16.8mm, the lens is equivalent to a 36 - 108mm zoom on a 35mm camera. It can range from wide angle for landscapes to telephoto for portraits. The resolution of the seven-element, six-group lens design ensures the best quality results from the camera's 3.3 megapixel CCD image sensor. The maximum aperture of ƒ/2.8 - 4.9 allows the camera to be used in less than ideal lighting conditions without the need of the built-in flash.

The new Minolta DiMAGE E323's digital zoom can extend the optical zoom lens performance by four times giving the E323 an equivalent of a 432mm lens on a 35mm camera. The combined optical and digital zooms give this compact digital camera an amazing 12x zoom range. The camera's macro mode also allows small objects and details to be captured. The lens can focus down to 4.3 inches for close-up photographs.

The DiMAGE E323 could not be easier to operate. Exposure, focus, white balance, and flash are all controlled automatically for clear, sharp color pictures. By simply pointing and shooting, the camera will do the rest. And to transfer the data from the camera, a user simply connects the USB cable, and drags and drops the images into their computer.

The DiMAGE E323 is not limited to recording still images - movie sequences can be captured too. The length of the movie clip is only limited by resolution and the capacity of the camera's memory card. Clips can be shot at two resolutions: 320 x 240 pixels for large (QVGA) images or 160 x 120 pixels for frugal use of the SD memory card.

Captured still and video images can be played back in the camera or on a TV. Still images can be played back automatically like a slide show. Images can be rotated to orient them correctly so viewers don't need to twist their heads to the left or right to view vertically composed shots.

Minolta Corporation
Minolta Corporation, headquartered in Ramsey, New Jersey, is the largest subsidiary of Minolta Co. Ltd. of Osaka, Japan, a leading manufacturer of cameras, business equipment, radiometric instruments and planetariums. Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group (CPG) markets 35mm film and Advanced Photo System cameras, digital cameras, binoculars, accessory lenses, photographic light meters, 35mm and Advanced Photo System film scanners and other consumer products.

The corporation's Business Products Group (BPG) markets digital and analog office equipment. Products include black-and-white copiers, digital black and white printer/copiers, plain-paper laser facsimile machines, digital color printer/copiers, micrographic systems, document management software, and related office equipment.

For more information, visit Minolta's Web site located at www.minoltausa.com or access Minolta's PHOTOFAX at 800-528-4767.

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Number of effective pixels 3.2 million
CCD 1/2.7-type interline primary-color CCDTotal pixels: 3.3 million
Camera sensitivity Auto (between ISO 50 - 200 equivalent)
Focal length 5.6 - 16.8mm (35mm equivalent: 36 - 108mm)
Lens construction 7 elements in 6 groups (includes four aspheric surfaces)
Maximum aperture f/2.8 - f/4.9
Minimum focus distance 1.6ft. (0.5m) from CCD
Minimum macro distance 5.9 in. (15cm) from CCD, 4.3 in. (11cm) from front of lens at the 5.6mm focal length , Area covered at maximum magnification 4.79 x 3.56in. (121.74 x 90.32mm) Maximum magnification (in 35mm format): 0.287x (1:3.48)
Viewfinder type Optical real-image zoom viewfinder
Monitor LCD 1.6 inch (4.0cm) digital-interface TFT color monitorTotal number of pixels: 84,960
Shutter CCD electronic shutter and mechanical shutter
Shutter speed range 1/2-1/2,000 second in full auto, sports, portrait, cosmetic, and slim (changing aspect ratio of image) modes2-1/2,000 second in landscape and night view modes
Autofocus system Video AF
Metering 256-segment metering
Exposure control Programmed AE
Scene selection modes Full auto, Sports, Portrait, Landscape, Night view, Cosmetic, Slim
Exposure compensation ±1.8 EV in 1/3 increments
Flash range Wide: Approximately 0.4-9.8 ft. (0.11-3.0m) from front of cameraTelephoto: Approximately 1.6-5.6 ft. (0.5-1.7m) from front of camera
Flash modes Autoflash, Autoflash with red-eye reduction, Fill-flash, Flash cancel
Continuous-advance modes Best select, Standard
Self-timer Approximately 10 seconds, 2 seconds
Movie recording Recording time dependent on memory card capacity and imageresolution.Frame rate: 15 frames per second
White-balance control Automatic, Preset (Sunny, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy)
Noise reduction Auto
Digital zoom 4x (maximum)
E-mail Copy Creates a 640x480 or 320x240 JPEG image for transmission.
Compression modes Fine, Normal
Number of recorded pixels (Still images) 2880 x 2160 (interpolated), 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480
Number of recorded pixels (Movie clips) 320 x 240, 160x120
Storage capacity Approximate storage capacity of a 16MB SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card: 2880x2160 2048x1536 1600x1200 640x480Fine: 6 frames 13 frames 21 frames 111 framesNormal: 10 frames 20 frames 33 frames 148 framesMovie clip: 45 seconds with 320x240 images; 2 minutes 38 seconds with 160x120 images* Actual number of images may vary depending upon the subject and memory card.
File format JPEG, Motion JPEG (MOV)DCF 1.0-compliantDPOF-compliant (Supported by printing functions in version 1.1)Exif 2.2
Slide show With automatic dissolve effects.
Rotate Rotates images clockwise or counterclockwise in 90° increments.
Printing output control PRINT Image Matching II, Exif Print
Recording media SD (Secure Digital) Memory Cards, MultiMediaCards
Computer interface Full-speed 12Mbps USB
Video output NTSC, PAL (selected on the camera)
Batteries Two AA batteries: Ni-MH, alkaline.One CR-V3 lithium battery
Battery performance (Playback) Approximate continuous playback time: 275 minutes with alkaline batteries.
Battery performance (Recording) Approximate number of recorded images: 80 framesBased on the following test conditions: alkaline batteries, LCD monitor on, 1600x1200 images, Normal compression, no instant playback, and flash used with 50% of the frames.
External power source 3.4 V DC with specified AC adapter (sold separately)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.9 x 2.44 x 1.36 inches (99 x 62 x 34.5mm)
Weight Approximately 5.1 oz. (145g) without batteries or recording media
Operating temperature 32-104°F (0-40ºC)
Standard accessories Hand strap, Video cable VC-300, USB cable USB-900, 16MB SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card, Two AA batteries, DiMAGE Viewer
Optional accessories AC Adapter AC-7

Compatible computers

IBM PC/AT compatible computers with Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional, Windows Me, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 98*, or Windows 98 Second Edition* and with a USB port as standard interface.

Apple Macintosh computers with pre-installed Mac OS 9.0 - 9.2.2, Mac OS X v10.1.3 - 10.1.5, and v10.2.1 - 10.2.6 and with a USB port as standard interface.

o The computer and operating system must be guaranteed by their manufacturers to support USB interface.
o Problems may be encountered depending on what other USB devices are being used in parallel with this product.
o Only a built-in USB port is supported. Problems may be encountered when the camera is connected to a USB hub.
o Normal operation may not be possible even when all the system requirements are met.

* Users with Windows 98 and Windows 98 Second Edition operating systems must install dedicated driver software included in the DiMAGE E323 package.

Specifications, accessories and system requirements are subject to change without notice.





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